Thursday, September 2, 2010

Festive Cookies - Almond London

Cute cookies

Yes, it's that time of the year! In Malaysia, most Malay would be busy baking some cookies for Eid al-Fitr. During this time, most mothers, daughters and sisters would spend their time together in the kitchen, baking many types of cookies for the festival.

Baked Almond London in tray. They're made of flour, egg yolk, sugar and butter.

Every year, I would be preparing this cookies called; Almond London (I had no idea why they were called Almond London). These cookies had a whole almond in the center, covered in chocolate and sprinkled with some almond nibs. And preparing them requires lots of patience - there's the 'wrapping the almond in dough' process, and 'dipping in chocolate' process. So, usually, I would bake those cookies a day earlier, and the dipping process will be done in the next day.

Recipes
500g Flour
250g Butter
2# Egg Yolk
50g Confectioners Sugar

Whole Almond - toasted
Chocolate (for coating) - I'd use compound chocolate for shiny appearance!
Almond Nibs - toasted
Small Paper Cases


1. Beat Butter and sugar until light. Then, beat in egg yolk. Stir in the flour and blend well to form a dough.
2. Take a small piece of dough, wrap it around the whole almond and shape into an oval ball.
3.  Place dough on lightly greased trays. Bake in preheated oven at 175°C for 10-15 minutes or until  golden. Remove and cool on wire racks.
4. Coat the cookies with melted chocolate, put it in the cases, and sprinkle with some almond nibs.


Finished product, lined in tray.

A few years ago, I would be melting chocolate for these cookies using double boiler. And it was really tiring, as you had to stand before the stove to coat all the cookies! These days, I used microwave! It's time saving, and I didn't get tired from standing too long.

If you're interested in these cookies, and would like to place an order, please do not hesitate to contact me. :)

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